Fantastic Seaside Position
The Cormorant is in a fabulous location, right on the seafront behind the promenade and located at the quiet end of Selsey (East Beach), with just the occasional dog-walker and jogger going past – though I’m sure it’s busier during the summer months. Selsey is not the prettiest place, but it’s very quiet and unspoilt, and perfect if you want to read, relax and walk, or just watch the world go by (bring binoculars and a book on the seashore). The Lifeboat Station is close by and worth a visit, and there is also an RNLI shop if you want to stock up on reading matter. Places such as Chichester, Arundel and Portsmouth are around a half-hour drive away if you want a bit more excitement.
As for the house itself, it was scrupulously clean and the beds (single and double) are the best we’ve ever slept in away from home. The property is at the stage where it could do with some updating, and the furnishings are past their best, as are the bath towels and bathmat. The worst feature is the poor lighting, which, whilst not a problem during the summer months, made reading during the evening quite difficult. And for any ladies wishing to put on some make-up for an evening out, bring an illuminated mirror if you have one. The kitchen was compact (so no dishwasher), but very well equipped. There was plenty of very hot water. There was also a TV/DVD player with a good selection of DVDs catering for all ages, if you want to tear yourself away from the sea view.
Do note that no welcome pack is provided, so make sure you have all the essentials for the first evening. There is a small complex of shops a few minutes’ walk down the road, where you will find a fish and chip shop, bakery, butcher’s, newsagent and general store – and in Selsey there is a Co-op and a Budgen’s. We looked forward to fish from Julie’s Hut and visiting the local bakery, after reading previous reviews, but during our stay at the beginning of October the bakery was closed until half-term holidays and the fishing-boats hadn’t been able to get out all week so the choice of fish was very limited. However, I can recommend the sole, which was delicious. We also had an excellent tapas meal at Viento De Levante on Selsey High Street.
Overall, I would be happy to return to The Cormorant and, with some redecoration, you might have to drag me away from it!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are really glad that you loved the location (we still find it takes our breath away, even after 10 years!!) and that you found the house scrupulously clean and tidy and the beds were extra comfy.
Thank you for your comments about the lighting. We will be putting higher watt bulbs in the spot lights and adding a reading lamp to make it comfortable to read in the autumn and winter months.
I am concerned that you found some of the furnishings past their best and will review all floor coverings, sofas, bath mats with the review to replacing and deep cleaning.
We hope very much to see you back The Cormorant in 2013.
With best wishes,
Simon and Jocelyn
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